How to Grow a Rose Garden and Other Beautiful Flowers
Olympiad - Hybrid Tea Rose
The Garden Rose
The garden rose collections for northern Florida have many beautiful choices. I decided to put in five rose bushes 3 years ago. The soil is so sandy living near the ocean, and the summer heat is really rough, therefore, you want to choose carefully what type of roses to grow. I wanted to make sure I had 5 different colors and some difference in the varieties.
“God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.”
-J. M. Barrie
Rose Bud Vase
This year the roses are gorgeous and I think they have more blooms than every before. When I prepared the area for planting the roses, I dug out an area of ground and spent money on quality planting soil.
Then, I put black plastic over the area before I planted the new rose bushes. The next step was adding a thick layer of mulch. I watered them thoroughly, then used a good rose fertilizer. They have produced beautiful roses ever since. Weeds grow profusely here, which is why I used the black plastic.I watch the leaves carefully for black spot or anything else that would damage my plants.
“Life is like a rose. Beware of its thorns.”
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“And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.”
- Christopher Marlowe
How Do You Grow Roses?
My gardening plan is simple. I water the roses at least 3 times a week by letting the hose sit near each bush for about 20-30 minutes. I use special rose fertilize and use it about once a month.
The rose bushes have actually grown larger than I anticipated, so I probably should have had a little more space between them. I trimmed them back in early spring so they are growing in a shape that is attractive.
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
I also have planted other flowering plants also that grow well in the Florida sun. I have several Lantana plants, which really grow wildly like a weed. They have to be trimmed occasionally. There are about 150 varieties of Lantanas.
I love their flowers and they are a perennial plant, so they come back each year. They attract butterflies also, as does my Plumbago bush. They fill up a space around my bird bath, plus I have a bird and hummingbird feeder.
Another unusual bush is the Shrimp plant; it is named for the shape of its flower. It survives drought and hot Florida sun very well.
“Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.”
--Wisdom of Solomon (Chapter II, Verse 8) Holy Bible
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“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”
--Leo F. Buscalgia
Flower Gardens Summary
My flower gardens and the birds give me much pleasure. I do very little maintenance work and I planned it that way. I love hibiscus plants also, but it is too early for them to have blooms. I fertilize the plants regularly and I make sure they get enough water.
I have also planted shrubs, like Azaleas, but I do not plant very many annuals, except the colorful Marigolds as a pretty border flower. Even though it is just early May, the flowers are growing well, and by summer the yard will look even better.
Do you include roses in your landscape design?
- 83% I love roses and have grown them for years.
- 17% I have grown roses in the past, but none right now.
- 0% I don't have roses but will plant some this year.
- 0% I think rose are a little too much work.
- 0% I have a black thumb.
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